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Europol announced 75 arrests and the recovery of over 3,500 stolen works of art and cultural goods as part of 'Operation Pandora'.

European countries are working together to tackle cultural property crime

The success of Europol’s Operation Pandora, which recovered thousands of stolen artefacts, demonstrates the importance of international cooperation

2 Feb 2017
Manchester's Factory arts centre, designed by Rem Koolhaas's OMA practice, was granted planning permission in January and has received significant funding from the UK government. © OMA. Image Courtesy Factory Manchester

Will Manchester’s cultural boom benefit the whole of the North?

Manchester has received the lion’s share of recent arts funding in northern England, to the irritation of other leading cities. Can its success benefit everyone?

1 Feb 2017

The battle to save America’s arts endowment from Trump’s cuts

Fears are growing that Donald Trump’s administration means to abolish the National Endowment for the Arts. What would it mean for US culture if they did?

30 Jan 2017
Eva and Thomas Neurath, London, 1982. Photo: Michael Woods

‘Watching Eva Neurath at work made me understand visual intelligence’

Remembering Eva Neurath, who founded Thames & Hudson with her husband Walter

30 Jan 2017

Why US museums and the antiquities trade should work together

Are pragmatic reforms needed to revive an important field of collecting for US museums?

30 Jan 2017
Kirklees council closed the Red House Museum in December 2016 due to budget constraints.

Regional museums are opportunities, not burdens – but only if we think creatively

Funding is difficult, but local councils must wake up to the potential of the art and museums in their care, and fight to secure their future

30 Jan 2017
Image: Will Martin

How to stop the creative industries running out of steam

The Cultural Learning Alliance has released a report which makes a reasoned case for adding the arts to the STEM subjects. Will the government take note?

27 Jan 2017
Portrait of John Berger by his longstanding collaborator, the Swiss photographer Jean Mohr. © Jean Mohr

John Berger: a pathfinder who was alive to the present

It was Berger’s ability to listen that made him such an important storyteller

25 Jan 2017
The west rose window of Saint-Gervais-et-Saint-Protais of Soissons on 13 January, 2017 after it was shattered by an overnight storm in northern France. François Nascimbeni/AFP/Getty Images

Why acts of god hardly ever harm gothic cathedrals

Gothic cathedrals were designed to withstand enormous wind pressures, so Soissons has been exceptionally unlucky

24 Jan 2017
Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium, in Brussels.

The museum director, the culture minister, and more trouble in Brussels

A long-running institutional feud seems to have moved into more a personal phase

23 Jan 2017

Scottish arts funding is precarious, but at least people are engaged enough to get cross about it

There was much controversy over cultural spending last year, and as cuts start to bite in 2017, there may well be again

19 Jan 2017

The Art Strike against Trump reminds us why art really matters

The Art Strike brings art back to the real world and those values we need to cherish

18 Jan 2017

Tristram Hunt: Why the British Ceramics Biennial belongs in Stoke

The Staffordshire Potteries continue to play a leading role in developing the UK’s ceramics industry

13 Jan 2017
Tristram Hunt,

The V&A springs a surprise with Tristram Hunt

His appointment as V&A director is surprising but could prove inspired

13 Jan 2017

It’s art school, but not as we know it

Tate and Central Saint Martins have taken it upon themselves to ‘playfully reinvent’ things

10 Jan 2017
Kirklees council leader David Sheard put forward the idea of selling Francis Bacon's 'Figure Study II' in the council collection late last year

How long can our great civic museums hold out?

Kirklees Council’s proposal to sell off Francis Bacon’s ‘Figure Study II’ is just a taste of things to come

6 Jan 2017
The Whitechapel Bell Foundry, whose history dates back to 1420, is to close its premises in May 2017

What will become of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry?

Britain’s oldest manufacturing company, whose origins date back to 1420, is to close this May. What will happen to its historic home?

Wake up Jonathan Jones! British art is not just about Turner

British modernism is having a ‘moment’ and Jonathan Jones is displeased. Why is he so upset, and what does any of it have to do with Brexit?

21 Dec 2016
Giorgio Vasari's painting 'The Last Supper' was severely damaged during the Florence flood of 1966. A major conservation project to save the work has finally been completed, and the painting was unveiled in November. Photo: Britta New

The 50-year rescue of Vasari’s flood-damaged masterpiece

Giorgio Vasari’s ‘Last Supper’ was severely damaged in the devastating Florence floods of 1966. Fifty years later, it’s back on display after one of the most complex conservation projects ever undertaken

21 Dec 2016
Portrait of a Young Man in a Red Cap (Detail) c.1529, Jacopo Pontormo. The National Gallery's matching offer to buy the painting has been rejected.

What price for a Pontormo?

The government’s efforts to keep a rare Pontormo in the UK after it was sold unexpectedly by its owner have revealed cracks in the export bar process

19 Dec 2016

What lies behind the failed collaboration between Tehran and Berlin?

Berlin’s Gemäldegalerie has postponed a display of contemporary art from Tehran – what does this mean for cultural exchange in Iran?

15 Dec 2016

The challenge of designing a Holocaust memorial for Britain

Ten design teams have been announced – how will they reflect on the particular site of the memorial’s construction?

8 Dec 2016

The controversial postmodern masterpiece that is now Britain’s youngest listed building

The early listing of James Stirling’s No. 1 Poultry says more about the architect’s stature than it does about postmodernism as a style

7 Dec 2016

‘I cannot bury myself with my own hands.’ The self-censorship of Syrian cartoonist Fares Garabet

In 2015 Garabet left war-torn Syria for Germany. But even from the relative safety of Europe, the cartoonist fears the consequences of his critical work

5 Dec 2016